PE AND SPORT FUNDING
This webpage fulfils our statutory obligation to publish details online of how we spend our PE and sport funding.
Anyone visiting Clavering Primary School can see the impact that the government’s PE and sport funding has had in allowing us to develop the ‘Clavering Physical Education, School Sport and Physical Activity (PESSPA) Programme’. This programme now brings benefits that spread right across the curriculum and beyond and, year on year, is helping to transform our children’s lives for the better.
Working with the Department for Education, Department of Health and international, national and local organisations:
During the 2013-2014 academic year, we were invited by the Youth Sport Trust (YST) to work on a national innovation project, sharing best practice and the impact of the PE and sport funding. This resulted in a case study, partly written by Clavering, which is now available on the YST website.
In October 2014, the Department for Education contacted Clavering to inform us that we had been selected as an outstanding example nationally of how best to use the PE and sport funding. We were asked by the DfE to write a case study for the government which is now being used as an example of best practice.
In June 2015, we were contacted by the Youth Sport Trust to support the work that they were doing with Sports Coach UK, the Association for Physical Education (AfPE), the County Sports Partnership Network and Sport England on effective use of the PE and sport funding to inform ministers in the Department for Education and Department of Health about progress to date.
In July 2015, we were asked to join the Youth Sport Trust’s Headteacher Ambassador Network which is a powerful and influential voice in promoting the role of physical education, school sport and physical activity as agents for school improvement.
In September 2015, we were invited to become an Ambassador School for the ‘Active Schools’ initiative (a global initiative set up by Nike INC and backed in the UK by a variety of organisations including the YST, British Heart Foundation, Fit For Sport and the National Centre for Sport & Exercise Medicine).
In October 2015, we were approached by Tees Valley Sport to write a case study for the Department for Education and Department of Health in association with Tees Valley Sport, Sport England, the County Sports Partnership Network, the YST, the AfPE, Sports Coach UK and UK Active Kids about the effective use of the PE and sport funding.
In January 2016, we were approached by Tees Valley Sport to be a guest speaker at the 'Tees Valley Primary Schools' PE and School Sport Conference', sharing our journey with a specific focus on competitive sport for all.
Throughout the 2016-2017 academic year, we are honoured that a case study that we wrote with the Youth Sport Trust is being used as an example of best practice in their 'The Power of an Active School' training sessions that are being rolled out nationally.
It is an honour to be working with these major organisations to showcase the impact of the government’s PE and sport funding and provide the Department for Education and Department of Health with qualitative and quantitative evidence of the positive impact of the funding.
‘Pupils really enjoy the very wide range of activities and clubs available to them, especially the different sports activities and are rightly proud of their sporting successes. When asked what they would like to change, most found it difficult to think of any significant improvements.’
‘There are excellent opportunities for pupils to engage in a range of additional activities and clubs.’
‘The recent funding to promote pupils’ physical development and extend sporting activities is being very well used. Support is provided to enhance teachers’ skills in teaching a range of different sports and in providing additional sporting opportunities.’
What is the PE and sport funding?
The Department for Education’s vision for the PE and sport funding is: ALL pupils leaving primary school physically literate and with the knowledge, skills and motivation necessary to equip them for a healthy, active lifestyle and lifelong participation in physical activity and sport.
The funding has been provided to ensure impact against the following objective: to achieve self-sustaining improvement in the quality of PE and sport in primary schools. It is important to emphasise that the focus of spending must lead to long lasting impact against the vision (above) that will live on well beyond the PE and sport funding.
Further background information:
In April 2013, the Government announced new PE and sport funding of £150 million for Physical Education (PE) and sport – often referred to in the media as a ‘Sport Premium’. This funding is intended to improve the quality and breadth of PE and sport provision.
When asked about the PE and sport funding at its launch, Lord Coe reflected: ‘When I stood up in Singapore in 2005, I spoke of London’s vision to connect young people with the inspirational power of the Games so they are inspired to choose sport. By focussing on primary schools, we have the opportunity to use sport and physical activity to shape the daily lives of young people. I know from my own experience what an impact teachers and their engagement can have on the lives of young people.’
In February 2014, former Prime Minister, David Cameron, announced that the funding will continue until 2020, emphasising that: ‘Sport is so important because it encourages children to be active, lead a healthy lifestyle, make friends and, of course, have fun. But quality school sport has benefits that spread right across the curriculum and beyond - it develops confidence and a sense of achievement, it teaches young people how to rise to a challenge, and nurtures the character and skills that will help them get on and succeed in life.’
Schools are free to determine how best to use this funding to improve the quality and breadth of PE and sport provision, including increasing participation in PE and sport so that all pupils develop healthy lifestyles and reach the performance levels they are capable of.
Details of payments to Clavering:
Following the government’s funding formula, we have been awarded:
£5,717 for the period September 2013 to March 2014;
£3,608 for the period April 2014 to August 2014;
£5,518 for the period September 2014 to March 2015;
£3,942 for the period April 2015 to August 2015;
£5,565 for the period September 2015 to March 2016;
£3,975 for the period April 2016 to August 2016;
£5,525 for the period September 2016 to March 2017;
£3,946 for the period April 2017 to August 2018.
How are we spending our new sport funding?
Clavering Primary School is currently a full member of the Youth Sport Trust (YST); membership of which is paid using part of our sport funding. We believe that the YST is the best organisation from which we can employ expert advice to evaluate the school’s current strengths and areas for development in PE, school sport and physical activity, and implement plans for improvement. Other motivating factors for being a full member of the YST include accessing high quality professional learning opportunities; accessing support and resources; being part of a national network of schools; and supporting a national voice for PE, school sport and physical activity.
In line with governmental expectations, we focus our funding on five key indicators:
- the profile of PE and sport being raised across the school as a tool for whole school improvement;
- broader experience of a range of sports and activities offered to all pupils;
- increased confidence, knowledge and skills of all staff in teaching PE and sport;
- increased participation in competitive sport;
- the engagement of all pupils in regular physical activity – kick-starting healthy active lifestyles.
We are using our funding to improve these five areas as follows:
The profile of PE and sport being raised across the school as a tool for whole school improvement
Clavering Primary School appreciates that ‘academic attainment and quality of leadership [are] generally better in those schools with strong sport provision’ (Ofsted, 2014) and that there is ‘an overall positive association between the quality of provision of competitive sport and academic attainment in schools’ (Ofsted, 2014). Our achievement in ‘using high quality PE and school sport as a catalyst for learning’ is rated as ‘GOLD’ by the Youth Sport Trust.
At Clavering Primary School, the ‘Clavering PESSPA Programme’ is part of a wider and established culture that promotes individual academic and sporting excellence. We take the ‘Clavering PESSPA Programme’ very seriously, investing in it and seeing it as central to our school culture and ethos. A key reason why we invest in and value PE and school sport is the wider benefits we believe it brings in developing the ‘whole person’ and developing a ‘culture of success’.
The drive to excel in sport and lead healthy, active lifestyles – encouraged throughout the school – helps to shape each pupil’s character, binds the school together as a whole, and reinforces the drive to compete and excel academically. As the mantra goes: schools that win on the field win in the exam hall.
Experience has shown that the values our pupils develop in sport carry across into their academic work – commitment on the playing field is carried across into the exam room and beyond. These values include the Clavering Sports Values – determination, honesty, passion, respect, self-belief and teamwork – which are at the heart of the ‘Clavering PESSPA Programme’. Our programme instils these values, along with the qualities of hard work, commitment, self-discipline and resilience. The aim is for these personal qualities to be applied in all aspects of school life, including in pupils’ academic studies, whilst having positive effects on behaviour and attendance.
At Clavering, staff members, governors, families and pupils understand that the ‘Clavering PESSPA Programme’ isn’t an optional extra; it is a key component in building pupils’ self-esteem, confidence, the school ethos and academic excellence.
Other than paying for our YST membership, our PE and sport funding is not directed towards this area because of the continued investment in the leadership of the ‘Clavering PESSPA Programme’ that was already in place prior to the launch of the PE and sport funding. Thankfully, the management of the school budget means that our PE and sport funding has not been required to fund the leadership aspect of the 'Clavering PESSPA Programme', meaning that the vast majority of our funding can be allocated to the other four indicators (see below). As anyone who knows anything about the ‘Clavering PESSPA Programme’ will tell you, the programme requires a great deal of time, effort and dedication to run to the standard that it currently operates!
Broader experience of a range of sports and activities offered to all pupils
All pupils from Year 1 to Year 6 have two hours of PE timetabled every week and the ‘Quality of PE’ and ‘Quality of school sport’ are both rated as being ‘GOLD’ by the Youth Sport Trust.
We overhauled our PE curriculum in 2011, increasing the range of sports used as contexts for learning in PE and placing the emphasis on Clavering staff members (rather than outside agencies and coaches) to deliver high quality PE and sport.
Our PE curriculum was further improved in September 2013, ready for and in advance of the launch of the new National Curriculum in September 2014. For example, pupils in Key Stage 2 now experience twelve different sports used as contexts for learning in PE, as well as dance and outdoor, adventurous activities (OAA):
- athletics (Years 1-6);
- basketball (Years 3-6);
- cricket (kwik cricket) (Years 4-6);
- golf (tri golf) (Years 5-6);
- gymnastics (Years 1-6);
- handball (Years 5-6);
- netball (high 5) (Years 3-6);
- hockey (quicksticks) (Years 3-4);
- rounders (Years 3-4);
- rugby (tag ruby) (Years 3-6);
- swimming (Years 5-6);
- tennis (Years 3-4).
In addition to the above sports, children have the opportunity to participate in football (Reception to Year 6), cross country running (Years 3 to 6), skipping (Year 4), orienteering (Year 5), archery (Years 5 to 6), canoeing (Years 5 to 6), abseiling and rock climbing (Years 5 and 6), table tennis (Years 5 to 6) and fencing (Year 6). Therefore, in total, Clavering children have the opportunity to participate in over twenty different sports, plus dance and OAA.
As well as the short school-based OAA unit in Year 6, the school offers three progressive residentials (all of which are partly subsidised using the sport funding):
- a one-night camp in Year 4;
- a two-night OAA-themed residential in Year 5;
- a four-night OAA-themed residential in Year 6, linked to the children’s participation in the John Muir Award.
Part of our sport funding is used to purchase, replace and renew the resources required to teach the above sports in Key Stage 2, plus the resources required to teach athletics, dance, games activities and gymnastics in Key Stage 1 and the PE and sport aspects of our Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) Curriculum. This includes the purchasing of specialist equipment and teaching resources to develop new sports (for example, handball and tri golf) and develop other sports (e.g. purchasing additional sportshall athletics equipment and a variety of sizes of different sports balls to help with differentiation). We also invest a considerable amount of money annually into our Upper School swimming programme which includes additional swimming lessons for struggling swimmers in our Upper School because we are passionate about no child leaving Clavering as a ‘non-swimmer’; however, this money does not come from our additional PE and sport funding.
We also offer our Upper School children the opportunity to watch high-level live sport with these trips being subsidised using our sport funding. In recent years, Clavering pupils have had the opportunity to watch international football, international rugby union, international cricket and British Baskeball League (BBL) basketball. All of these trips have been very inspirational for our pupils.
Increased confidence, knowledge and skills of all staff in teaching PE and sport
We aim to use a significant percentage of our sport funding to fund training opportunities for staff, procuring quality-assured professional training in order to further improve teaching and learning in PE. In recent years, we have been an active voice in pushing for PE, sport and active lifestyles training within our cluster and across our town. Although we are delighted that the ‘Quality of PE’ and ‘Quality of school sport’ are both rated as being ‘GOLD’ by the Youth Sport Trust, we are always looking at opportunities to further develop our staff members’ skills in delivering our PE curriculum and wider opportunities.
The most significant professional training that we have been involved in recently has been linked to dance and gymnastics. During the 2015-2016 academic year, we worked with a specialist dance teacher from a local secondary school to construct a dance curriculum for Clavering (linked to our assessment milestones for dance) which ensures progression from Year 1 to Year 6 through six six-lesson blocks. These lessons were implemented last year, being taught by the specialist teacher with the Clavering teachers assisting, and are now being taught by the Clavering teachers across the school. During the 2016-2017 academic year, we are following a similar process to further improve the quality of teaching and learning in gymnastics.
In recent years, staff members have had the opportunity to complete training in fundamental movement skills, the youth physical development model, dance, games activities, athletics, Quad Kids athletics, Sportshall athletics, gymnastics, basketball, handball, football, tag rugby, rugby union, netball, hockey (quicksticks), kwik cricket, skipping, tri golf and tennis.
We have also worked alongside the Youth Sport Trust to offer training for all Hartlepool teachers in Key Stage 1 PE (the BUPA Start to Move programme) and Key Stage 2 PE (the Matalan Sporting Promise TOP SPORT programme). We continue to work with the Youth Sport Trust, Tees Valley Sport, British Athletics, Rugby Football Union, England and Wales Cricket Board, Lawn Tennis Association, Hartlepool Borough Council, Stockton Borough Council, Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council, Durham County Council, Dyke House College, High Tunstall College and our School Games Organiser (Lisa Garrett) to source quality training opportunities.
Increased participation in competitive sport.
The Olympic Legacy is certainly very much alive at Clavering! We are also incredibly proud to be the first school in Hartlepool to be awarded GOLD Status of the School Games Mark, GOLD Status of the Youth Sport Trust Kitemark and a national Community Education Award for our outstanding 'Clavering PESSPA Programme'.
Within school, we organise intra-school sports competitions for children of all ages and abilities and, as a result of our outstanding practice and commitment to school sport, we have been asked by the Youth Sport Trust to help develop intra-school sport and the 'School Games' programme across the country.
In 2013-2014 we ran our 'Clavering Commonwealth Games' which involved all children from Nursery up to Year 6. This, essentially, established a house (or, in our case, a country) system to enable regular, intra-country sports competitions for pupils of all ages. In 2014-2015 we ran our 'Clavering Cup of the Americas' and in 2015-2016 we ran our 'Clavering Olympics'. From September 2016, we introduced the 'Clavering School Games Cup' which ties in with the Clavering House System and sees pupils compete for the same team throughout their time at Clavering. Our embedded whole-school system ensures that 100% of Clavering pupils compete in intra-school competitive sport and a significant percentage of children take up leadership roles as part of the intra-school competitive sport programme.
In addition to our 'Clavering School Games Cup', intra-school mixed football competitions for Middle School and Upper School pupils ensure that the large majority of pupils participate in competitive sport during playtimes and lunchtimes and our #WeCanPlay girls-only football competitions involve over 80% of girls.
In terms of inter-school sport, Clavering children are provided with excellent opportunities to represent the school in a variety of sports competitions and we are delighted with the success that we have enjoyed in Cluster, Town and Tees Valley Competitions. These opportunities are now available to pupils from Reception to Year 6 with over 90% of our Year 6 cohorts having represented Clavering in competitive sport since the sport funding was first launched in 2013.
Part of our sport funding is used to fund the competitive sport strand of our North Hartlepool Family of Schools (NHFoS) (Clavering, Barnard Grove, St Bega’s, St Helen’s, St John Vianney’s and West View). For example, in our annual NHFoS’ Summer Games (that we have won every year) over one hundred Clavering children compete for the school in athletics events. We have particularly pushed for the NHFoS to focus on potentially vulnerable groups (for example, girls) and a wider age range of children (for example, this year the Clavering School Games Organising Crew ran multi-sports mornings for over 140 pupils in Years 3-4).
Another part of our sport funding is used to pay for our membership of the Hartlepool Schools’ Football Association (HSFA). We try and give as many children the chance as possible to compete in inter-school competitive football and we have had thirteen teams in recent years represent the school: Year 6 A Team, Year 6 B Team, Year 5 A Team, Year 5 B Team, Upper School Girls’ A Team, Upper School Girls' B Team, Middle School Girls’ Team, Year 4 A Team, Year 4 B Team, Year 4 Mixed Team, Year 3 Mixed Team, Year 2 Mixed Team and HUCSF Penalty Team.
A significant percentage of our PE and sport funding is used to fund our Cluster Sport Partnership. This partnership is between five schools: Clavering, Barnard Grove, Springwell, St Helen’s and West View. We are particularly proud to include Springwell (the Hartlepool special school for primary-aged children) in our cluster as this gives a large number of children with additional needs the opportunity to compete in inter-school sports competitions. Success in our cluster competitions gives children the chance to compete in town finals and, from this, county-level finals.
Increasingly, because of the insatiable appetite of our children to compete for the school, we are pushing for our cluster competitions to provide opportunities for more than one team per school to be able to participate in differentiated tournaments and festivals. For example, we now provide opportunities for B, C and D tag rugby teams, B and C netball teams, B cricket teams, and B and C athletics teams.
Since the launch of the PE and sport funding, Clavering children have enjoyed huge success in cluster, NHFoS and town-wide competitions and our Clavering sports superstars have reached county-level finals in a staggering sixteen different sports formats! This is an outstanding achievement!
Finally, part of our PE and sport funding is used to pay for transport costs, insurance costs, sports kits and specialist equipment as necessary. With the amount of competitive sport that we do, this is a big financial commitment!
The engagement of all pupils in regular physical activity – kick-starting healthy active lifestyles
Over the last few years, we have continued to increase the range of additional opportunities for our pupils to be active during playtimes, lunchtimes and after-school. We are increasingly focusing on our commitment to promoting the health and wellbeing of our pupils and staff through physical activity, aiming to maximise opportunities for children and all associated with the school to be physically active by promoting all avenues for activity (not just in PE lessons and through competitive sport opportunities).
The ‘quality of physical activity’ at Clavering Primary School is rated as being ‘GOLD’ by the Youth Sport Trust and, recently, because of our commitment and success in promoting active, healthy lifestyles, we have been invited to become an Ambassador School for the ‘Active Schools’ initiative (a global initiative set up by Nike INC and backed in the UK by a variety of organisations including the YST, British Heart Foundation, Fit For Sport and the National Centre for Sport & Exercise Medicine).
At Clavering, all staff members know that they have a responsibility to promote active, healthy lifestyles and our school staff body is full of positive role models who lead active, healthy lifestyles.
Within our pupils, Clavering has a team of fourteen Year 6 Play Leaders who encourage children to be active during playtimes and lunchtimes. Part of our PE and sport funding has been used to purchase playtime and lunchtime equipment for our Play Leaders and fund resource boxes for every class. Our School Games Organising Crew (a team of eight Year 6 pupils) also plays an important role in promoting healthy, active lifestyles.
In addition to our training for children involved in our inter-school competitions, we run our annual lunchtime ‘Clavering European Football Championships’ for children in Middle School and our ‘Clavering African Cup of Nations’ for children in Upper School. All of our lunchtime football initiatives are organised freely by Clavering staff members, but a small amount of our sport funding is used to purchase resources, medals and trophies for each of our football competitions. A large majority of Key Stage 2 pupils participate in these competitions.
We offer a range of pre-school, lunchtime and after-school extra-curricular sports and activity clubs led by Clavering staff members or sports coaches. Our PE and sport funding has been used to buy specialist equipment (for example, our two table tennis tables) to ensure that these clubs can run successfully.
We are keenly aware that, nationally, there are vulnerable groups of pupils who are not engaged in PE and/or active lifestyles; as a school, we aim to ensure that this isn’t the case at Clavering. For example, Clavering girls are widely regarded for their commitment to and enthusiasm for PE, sport and active lifestyles and we are honoured to have been awarded ‘Girls active’ status for our commitment to and success in engaging and retaining girls in physical activity.
As a school, we are conscious of how we can ensure that our children continue to be active outside of school and, in particular, continue to lead healthy, active lifestyles when they leave Clavering. We are always very keen to develop partnerships with and advertise the work of local sports clubs, dance schools and other organisations who promote healthy, active lifestyles. This work is increasingly done through our Twitter account (@ClaveringBolt) and we are delighted with the large number of Clavering children who are involved in sports clubs and dance/performing arts schools outside of school.
Who can I speak to for further information?
For further information about the ‘Clavering PESSPA Programme’ and the PE and sport funding, please see:
- Mr McAvoy (Deputy Headteacher, Clavering PESSPA Programme Director, School Games Organiser (SGO), Primary Link Teacher (PLT), Youth Sport Trust Link Teacher, North Hartlepool Family of Schools’ Network Facilitator, Active Schools Ambassador, Member of the Youth Sport Trust Headteachers’ Network);
- Mrs Jorgenson (PE and The Arts Subjects Leader);
- Mr Savage (PE Subject Coordinator);
- Mr Horne (PE Link Governor).